Curupira is an Amazonian legend which, like all legends, can only be captured and filmed by what we sense that we observe, yet can’t discern if it was really seen. Everything becomes phantasmagoric in this lacerated and mutilated environment during Brazil’s past military dictatorship, and yet continues to be violated by contemporary policies of destruction. But far from what men of power can control (and destroy), the specter of Iracema walks towards Curupira. Between fire and love, they scheme another way out. (C. A.)
Janaina Wagner develops her research in various media, such as video, photography, drawing, installations, and scenography. The connections between limit, control, and containment that humans establish with the world is the nerve center of her work. Currently a doctoral candidate at Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains (FR), Wagner has participated in several art residencies, such as Gasworks (London, UK), FID Campus - Marseille International Film Festival, and Bolsa Pampulha (Belo Horizonte, BR).
25 Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes
Glasgow Short Film Festival
Kino Pavasaris – Vilnius International Film Festival